Rahat Fateh Ali Khan issued notice by ED for smuggling foreign currency

India News

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued a show cause notice to Pakistani Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in connection with Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violation case. The notice has been sent to Khan for illegal possession of foreign currency over the stipulated limit and he has been asked to reply within 45 days.

They said the notice for violation of forex funds to the tune of Rs 2 crore has been issued under FEMA, after the probe in the case was completed recently.

In 2011, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) slapped charges under FEMA and Customs Act violation against Khan and his manager Marrouf Ali Khan after recovering large amount of undeclared foreign currency from the duo at the Delhi aiport.

The DRI had then detained Khan and his manager from the IGI airport on February 13, 2011 for carrying undeclared $1.24 lakh, nearly Rs 60 lakh at that time and some other instruments in foreign currency.

The ED, which is the central agency to probe such forex contraventions under the FEMA, took over the case after this episode.

It had initiated the step after obtaining records of the said cash from the RBI.

The singer, who has been grilled by the ED in this case in the past, had said he had done nothing wrong and they were carrying the large amount of cash because they were travelling in a group and the act was inadvertent.

His songs are popular chartbusters in Hindi movies and also in Pakistan.